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Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, Dan Plato, says he is cautiously optimistic about the gazetted amendments by Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, that will allow municipalities in good financial standing to launch their own projects to generate power.

Mayor Plato says, “The City has been preparing for a future where more affordable and cleaner energy can be procured by municipalities. We have been an advocate of this much-needed change to the energy regime for more than a decade,”.

He says that the City has maintained that local government have the constitutional power and obligation to generate renewable energy and move away from relying on Eskom.

Plato says that this step acknowledges the role that municipalities can play in the diversification of energy supply.